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Oct21

Yoshitomo Nara exhibiton at London

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Yoshitomo Nara is often considered one of the most renowned Japanese artists of the 1900s, creating his own unique style of artwork and sculpture over the past decades. Now, Yoshitomo’s artwork has gone on display in his biggest exhibition in the United Kingdom to date in the new exhibit, “Greetings from a Place in My Heart”! This new exhibit, which has recently gone on display at the Dairy Art Centre in London, England, is a comprehensive retrospective of Yoshitomo’s work over the past 30 years, and features a large number of previously unreleased work and never-before-seen sketches. Over 200 art pieces are featured in this exhibition, and includes his more recent bronze sculptures as well as his infamous paintings and other artwork. The exhibit will remain open at the Dairy Art Centre until December 7th, and is planned to appear at the ARKEN Museum of Modern Art in Denmark next year.

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Yoshitomo Nara, born in Hirosaki in 1959, is one of the most influential artists to emerge from Japan’s 1990s pop art movement. Studying at the Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music in the 1980s, and at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf in Germany from 1988 to 1993, Nara has since assembled a cult-like following centered around his child-like illustrations. Drawing inspiration from the anime and manga characters that he was exposed to during his childhood, Nara creates characters, usually small children, who possess similar cartoon-like qualities, with highly stylized features and especially large eyes. However, Nara’s illustrations of children are often more menacing and devilish than they are cute and innocent. These images touch on broad social and cultural topics, such as violence and the rigidity of social structures in Japan. Since his first solo exhibition at Blum & Poe Gallery in 1984, Nara has had nearly 40 solo exhibitions worldwide, including Iceland, Japan, France, and the United States.

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Oct21

Hello Kitty museum opens in Los Angeles

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Hello Kitty has had a huge year so far, with a huge number of events, merchandise, and the upcoming Hello Kitty Con in Los Angeles to celebrate the character’s 40th anniversary. In order to celebrate the history of the character alongside the upcoming Hello Kitty Con, the Japanese American National Museum in downtown Los Angeles recently opened its doors to a brand-new exhibit for the iconic kitty character, titled “Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty”! The exhibit, which opened on October 11th, is the first large-scale museum exhibition of its kind in the United States, and is dedicated to the history behind Hello Kitty as well as its merchandise and artwork.

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The exhibit features a number of classic Hello Kitty merchandise from the past decades, including the very first piece of Hello Kitty memorabilia ever created: a 1975 vinyl coin purse, emblazoned with the mascot’s face. Alongside items like stationery, apparel, and purses, Hello Kitty eventually exploded into a worldwide phenomenon, spawning video games, television shows, and collaborations with artists and big-name companies across the globe. The exhibit pays tribute to all aspects of Hello Kitty’s past, and features merchandise, paintings, sculpture, apparel, and more.

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The exhibit will remain open to visitors until April 26, 2015, and will be open alongside the upcoming Hello Kitty Con at the Museum of Contemporary Art, which opens from October 30th to November 2nd. Along with this, a variety of restaurants across the downtown Los Angeles area are currently participating in a “Hello Kitty Hungry Hunt” event, in which fans can visit and purchase Hello Kitty-themed meals and restaurant items, and receive exclusive Hello Kitty merchandise alongside the courses. With the upcoming Hello Kitty Con already nearly sold out, and expecting to draw over 25,000 visitors, Los Angeles will soon become the place to be for Hello Kitty fans across the nation!

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Oct20

Futura opens exhibit in Moscow

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Urban artist and designer Futura has been known for his grafitti artwork and character design, taking advantage of abstract shapes and mediums to create his work. His work, often meant to be seen on the streets, has now been put on display in a gallery in Moscow, Russia! Futura’s latest exhibit, titled “TIMEWARP”, went on display at the Shchusev State Museum of Architecture, and features his pieces on cold drab brick walls. While the setting is contrary to most modern art exhibits, the setting was carefully chosen by Futura and curators to remain true to his art, which was born on the streets in similar environments. The show, which explores the concept of time through Futura’s iconic abstractions, opened to the public on October 14th, and will remain at the museum until November 4th. Check out these photos to see some of Futura’s artwork on display!

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Oct15

DreamWorks virtual reality booth at NYCC

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With DreamWorks Animation’s animated sequel, “How to Train Your Dragon 2″, releasing in theaters earlier this year, the animated film company brought their newest film to last week’s New York Comic-Con in a brand new way with their virtual-reality experience booth! Using the Oculus Rift, a virtual-reality headset previously seen in several booths at this summer’s San Diego Comic-Con, the exhibit provided visitors with an interactive gaming experience, allowing players to control an airborne dragon as it flies through several obstacles.

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The exhibit, designed to resemble Viking vessels similar to the ones seen in the film, featured unique seating that mimicked the way the movie portrayed riders on their dragons, and featured a number of interactive features to make the experience even more realistic. These included a vibrating motor placed underneath the seat that activated on turns or other bumpy aerial maneuvers, and a fan pointed at the users’ faces that would turn and shift direct based on where you piloted your dragon steed! All of these additions turned the game into an interactive experience for fans of all ages.

Sep26

LA to host first Hello Kitty Museum

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With the first-ever Hello Kitty Con coming to Los Angeles, California on October 30th, Los Angeles is getting ready to celebrate the icon’s 40th anniversary in a big way with the opening of the first ever Hello Kitty museum exhibition in the United States! The exhibit will be titled ‘Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty’, and will he hosted by the Japanese American Nation Museum starting on October 11th. The exhibit will cover the 40-year history of Hello Kitty, featuring original merchandise and modern artwork with the famous character. The exhibit will also be the host for a number of events like workshops and panels, letting fans get to know Hello Kitty even better. The exhibit will be open until April 26th, 2015, and is set to coincide with this fall’s Hello Kitty Con at the Museum of Contemporary Art in downtown Los Angeles, making the city a must-stop location for Hello Kitty fans everywhere!

Sep22

Video game museum finds home in Texas

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The Videogame History Museum has been one of the most well-received booths at conventions and events that it has visited over the past couple of years, featuring a wide collection of classic video gaming memorabilia, tidbits, consoles that began over 25 years ago. Now, after traveling across the United States for over three years, the Videogame History Museum will finally have its first static home in Frisco, Texas!

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Located 25 miles from the Dallas / Fort Worth area, the Videogame History Museum will be hosted in the Frisco Discovery Center, and will focus on not only preserving games for future generations of gamers and fans to enjoy, the non-profit museum also wants to focus on educating visitors about the history of the videogame industry. The exhibit also hopes to one day host workshops to teach students the mechanics and science behind the construction of video games and arcade machines. The exhibit, while still in development stages, is currently slated to open up this coming April.

Sep15

LEGO artist announces exhibits worldwide this fall

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Artist Nathan Sawaya has been creating world-renowned LEGO artwork since 2004, working with the toy company directly as well as collaborating with companies across the world to create stunning LEGO artwork. Now, Sawaya’s work is on its way to both Brtain and Boston this fall with his “Art of the Brick” exhibition! The show’s first stop, located at The Old Truman Brewery in eastern London, will open on September 26th, and will then head across the Atlantic to appear at the Faneuil Hall Marketplace in Boston, Massachusetts on October 7th! On top of that, Sawaya’s “Brick by Brick” exhibit will be debuting at the Anchorage Museum in Anchorage, Arkansas on October 3rd, as well at the V&A Waterfront Gallery in Capetown, South Africa on November 29th, making this fall season a very busy one for the artist.

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This year’s “Art of the Brick” exhibit is a continuation of last year’s show, which visited international locations like New York, Singapore, Taiwan, Europe, and Australia. The show is currently the largest collection of LEGO artwork in the world, featuring more than 100 works of art created from the classic building toy. Featuring works like a 20-foot long T-Rex created from more than 100,000 bricks, along with recreations of famous classical artwork and Sawaya’s own masterpieces, the show will also debut never-before-seen artwork from Sawaya, making this year’s “Art of the Brick” show one that fans should not pass up on!

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Jul22

X-Men virtual reality exhibit at SDCC 2014

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With this year’s San Deigo Comic-Con opening its doors to fans across the world in the coming week, 20th Century Fox has revealed its plans to create a virtual reality exhibit at the event based on the popular X-Men franchise! This interactive experience, which will utilize the popular Oculus Rift VR headset, will recreate the X-Men’s iconic machine, Cerebro. This machine, used by the X-Men’s leader, Professor X, to find fellow mutants throughout the world through the use of brainwaves, will be emulated through the use of the Oculus Rift technology, allowing user to virtually track down mutants and characters like the shape-shifting Mystique.

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The 360-degree exhibit will include a replica of Professor X’s wheelchair for users to sit in, and will even feature a short interactive film to walk user through the experience. The exhibit will also feature a limited edition Blu-ray box set, which includes the entire library of previously released X-Men movies in a replica case of the Cerebro helmet! Fox will also be promoting the Blu-ray release of the upcoming “X-Men: Days of Future Past” movie on October 14th, and hopes to make their booth a must-see for everyone at the event.

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